’Bhairava, God of Destruction.’
Statue of the Hindu God Bhairava in Patan's former Yampi monastery. Bhairava is the fierce manifestation of Shiva, associated with annihilation and the march of time. Here he is depicted with a range of twisted serpents, which serve as earrings, bracelets and anklets. He is thought to preside over cremation grounds, hence his garland of skulls. Bhairava beheaded one of Brahma's five heads and as punishment was forced to carry around the skull as a beggar's nap. Red powder has been smeared on the sculpture during a puja offering. Photo Mick Palarczyk.Photo Mick Palarczyk.